Historical dramas, secret crushes, twilight worlds and psychological thrillers… It’s a packed week of the latest TV and film releases.
Leigh Anne Pinnock discusses her time in Little Mix and the racism faced as a Black woman in pop and we finally get to view Barry Jenkins’s long-anticipated Underground Railroad. Definitely, a week filled with hard-hitting content so remember to look after yourselves and balance tough viewing with light-hearted selections such as Secret Crush or The Upshaws.
Secret Crush – Monday 10th May 6pm (ITV 2)
Brand new dating show about lovestruck singletons finally letting their crushes know their true feelings towards them, whether they be their best friend or a work colleague. Tune in to find out if their secret crush has been crushing back, or if they should’ve kept their feelings a secret hosted by Veron Rose.
Money, Explained – Tuesday 11th May 2021 (Netflix)
We spend it, borrow it and save it. Now let’s talk about money and its many minefields, from credit cards to casinos, scammers to student loans. Though this series focuses on American money matters. It all applies.
The BRIT Awards 2021 – Tuesday 11th May 8pm, ITV
The UK’s prominent pop music awards take place tonight. We’re rooting for Arlo Parks, Celeste, J Hus, AJ Tracey, Headie One, Young T & Bugsey, Pa Salieu!
The Money Maker – Tuesday 11th May, 9pm (Channel 4)
Entrepreneur Eric Collins offers his expertise, unrivalled business acumen, and his own capital investment to small, struggling British businesses, to help turn their fortunes around.
Trevor McDonald & Charlene White: Has George Floyd changed Britain? – Wednesday 12th May 9 pm (ITV)
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, Sir Trevor McDonald and Charlene White host a new hour-long documentary for ITV exploring its impact for people living in the UK. Produced by ITN Productions, George Floyd: Has Britain Changed? [W/T] investigates the consequences of the tragedy and the conversations that have followed in Britain and around the world.
The Upshaws – Wednesday 12th May (Netflix)
New sitcom about a working-class African American family who strive for a better life while dealing with everyday struggles starring Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock: Race, Pop, Power – Thursday 13th May 9pm (BBC One)
Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock confronts her experiences of racism as the only black member of the pop group and explores other disturbing cases across the infamously cutthroat industry.
Domina – Friday 14th May @ 9pm (Sky Atlantic)
The story follows Livia’s journey from a naïve young girl whose world crumbles in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination, to Rome’s most powerful and influential Empress, driven by a deep desire to avenge her father and secure power for her sons. The authentic family saga, grounded in historical accuracy and brings to life the incredible true stories of the women who would create one of the most enduring and fascinating dynasties of all time. Colette Dalal Tchantcho plays Antigone.
The Underground Railroad – Friday 14th May (Amazon Prime)
After escaping a Georgia plantation, Cora (Thuso Mbedu) boards a train embarking on a harrowing trip as she seeks true freedom while being hunted by a notorious slave catcher. Starring Sheila Atim & Aaron Pierre.
New to Netflix:
Ma – Friday 14th May (Netflix)
Psychological horror film starring Octavia Spencer as a middle-aged woman who allows a group of teenagers to party in her basement – with a few conditions.